Japanese Professor Creates Tasty ‘Lickable’ TV Screen That You Can Actually Taste

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Photo credit: Meiji University professor, Homei Miyashita

Have you ever been scrolling through social media on your phone, tablet or TV and come across a picture of food – and thought to yourself – ‘I bet that tastes amazing!’.

If so, than you soon may be able to taste that picture! Sounds odd right? Well, it is, but it is also quite fascinating!

A Japanese professor has created a prototype for a lickable LCD screen that will allow you to taste different flavors!

According to Reuters, the screen works by employing a “carousel of 10 flavor canisters that spray in combination” in order to mimic the taste of real food, as explained by Reuters. The spray sample is then placed onto a “hygienic film” which is on a flat TV screen so that the viewer can taste it.

Photo credit: Meiji University professor, Homei Miyashita

Meiji University professor, Homei Miyashita, was inspired to create something during the pandemic, that would allow people to connect in a different way via new technology.

As he explained to Reuters, “The goal is to make it possible for people to have the experience of something like eating at a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying at home.

Miyashita explained to the news outlet that if this idea were to go into production, it would cost roughly ¥100,000 JPY, or $875 USD, to create.

Photo credit: Meiji University professor, Homei Miyashita

This isn’t the first cool invention that the professor has created. He is well known for creating a fork that makes food taste richer and more flavorful.

The ultimate goal for the ‘Taste TV’ is a downloadable application that features flavor from around the world – that everyone can download and experience.